They must be constantly in telepathic rapport with each other. Something like the ‘hive mind’ of the bees, even further developed.
It’s pretty certain, too, that the Halpa have the hive-mind class of intelligence, so what goes for the nerve systems of most of the ones they send through to us might be nothing much more than secondary reflex-transmitters.
All the buildings were the same shape and size… Raf wondered if those who had built them had not been humanoid at all, but perhaps insects with a hive mind.
I'm convinced that these aliens must necessarily operate on the hive-mind principle. We face not one of them alone nor the total number of them but we face the sum total of them as a single unit, as a single mind and a single expression of purpose and performance.
Their enemies…include a reptilian race and an insectoid hive-mind race.
Wintermute was hive mind, decision maker, effecting change in the world outside.
It is well known—at least, it is well known to witches—that all colonies of bees are, as it were, just one part of the creature called the Swarm, in the same way that individual bees are component cells of the hivemind.
Paul has become convinced that the pseudo-Cooties interact as a sort of hive mind, similar to that of terrestrial insects. The most appropriate analogy might be to driver ants. Given their past behavior, I have to agree with his assessment. If the original Cooties, as represented by their automechanical counterparts, are highly evolved insects, then this would seem to make sense.
When it sets about ‘reassembling’ the hive-mind which it assumes to be the natural state of affairs on Earth—bringing an assortment of frightened, suffering, incompetent individuals into a gestalt much larger than that featured in More Than Human—it creates an entity far more powerful than the one of which it is a part.
The mindless drone Centurions were essentially a hive mind, responsive to the Cylon Imperious Leader, a mysterious figure whose intelligence seemed light years beyond others of his kind.
Once, Clavain defected to fight on the side of the Conjoiners, a feared and persecuted human splinter faction dedicated to hive-mind consciousness.
Then, just when she had almost been turned into a spider, had almost had her own memories erased and been pumped full of the implants that would bind her into their hive mind, the zombies arrived.
One far-off world was home to a scattering of continent-sized hive minds.
The Borg…will assimilate all they come across into the Hive mind in their pursuit of perfection.
James Schmitz, "Second Night of Summer"
Added to the OED as a subordinate entry under "hive" in December 2004, with an earliest date of 1950.
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